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Is Your Cat Stressed Out?

is your cat stressed out

Listen to the audio version of this article When I talk to some people about how stress affects their cats, I sometimes get very strange looks. Back in 1982 when I first started my cat behavior consulting business, the idea of stress in cats was pretty much unheard of. I even remember being laughed at ...

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Why Your Cats May Not be Getting Along

Hissing cat

Listen to the audio version of this article Have you ever wondered why your two cats don’t get along and yet your neighbor’s four cats all live in harmony? Many cat parents live in households with more than one cat and there are no issues, but for others, tension is ongoing. What causes some cats ...

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Some Common Reasons Why Cats Stop Using the Litter Box

some common reasons why cats stop using the litter box

Listen to the audio version of this article When your cat stops using the litter box it’s frustrating and stressful for both cat and cat parent. It’s also, sadly, one of the most common reasons that a cat may get a one-way ticket to the nearest shelter. There are many reasons why a cat may ...

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The Squirt Bottle Controversy

The Squirt Bottle Controversy

Listen to the audio version of this article It looks innocent enough. It’s a little plastic squirt bottle sitting on the kitchen counter. In that plastic bottle is plain tap water. That little plastic bottle, as innocent as it looks, has become the tool that is destroying the bond you share with your cat. The ...

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Why You Shouldn’t Pet Your Cat’s Belly

why you shouldn't pet your cat's belly

Listen to the audio version of this article With a dog, a popular position for petting is often the belly rub. To most dogs, nothing feels as enjoyable as when you endlessly scratch and rub that tender tummy. Try that with a cat, however, and you’ll most likely end up with a scratched hand. Why is ...

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Teach Your Kitten to Enjoy Being Touched

teach your kitten to enjoy being touched

Listen to the audio version of this article You’ve just brought a new kitten home to the family. Although it’s loads of fun to watch this revved up little being run, tumble and explore everything, you need to start the training process right away. Many cat parents are good at kitten-proofing the home, teaching kitty ...

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Why Do Cats Chatter?

why do cats chatter

Listen to the audio version of this article You’re probably very familiar with the sight of your cat sitting at the window and watching the birds outdoors. Your cat’s tail may begin lashing from side to side and he may even crouch down at the window, almost as if he’s going to spring through the ...

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Sharing Resources in a Multicat Home

Listen to the audio version of this article When you have a multicat household, everyone may get along famously or you may have some issues ranging from mild, occasional squabbles to full-time turf wars. Since cats are territorial, you can help ease much of the multicat stress by making sure there are adequate resources available ...

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Exercise Your Cat’s Mind During Playtime

exercise your cat's mind during playtime

Listen to the audio version of this article When you think of playtime for your cat, the first thing that comes to mind is that it’s a fun way to get some exercise. Playtime is an important part of your cat’s daily health because he is a predator and was born to move. Those muscles ...

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